Redshirt freshman quarterback Brian Lewerke committed an embarrassing rookie mistake Saturday during Michigan State’s 28-17 loss to Maryland, according to coach Mark Dantonio.
On his weekly conference call Sunday night, Dantonio said Lewerke failed to notice, and exploit, a Terrapins defender who was tying his shoe while in pass protection.
“I’m on the sideline, I’m watching a guy tie his shoe getting ready to cover our wide receiver,” Dantonio said. “He’s tying his shoe. We’ve got a play on to shoot the ball out to him – it’s an either/or play – and we run the inside zone. That ball’s got to go outside. The guy is tying his shoe through the whole play.”
For the past two weeks, Lewerke has wrested playing time from senior Tyler O’Connor. After completing 11-of-24 passes for 156 yards Saturday, he now has a 53.2 percent completion rate and 281 yards in 47 attempts this season. He has also rushed 18 times for 125 yards.
Dantonio said there were elements of Lewerke’s performance Saturday that he found encouraging.
“I think Brian Lewerke in a lot of ways did an excellent job. He scrambled with the football. He made some nice throws,” the coach said. “At the end of the day also, he’s still a redshirt freshman so there’s still some things that he could do a better job on or recognize faster.”